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Explain the attitude of this novel towards World War I and all wars. Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why or why not? The novel is All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

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The German-language novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque is one of the most influential anti-war novels of all time. Although Remarque did not consider himself a political author, his novel unflinchingly explores the horror of the First World War and the complicity of those who encouraged the victims to enlist. The novel examines World War I through the lens of a single German soldier, Paul Baumer. Through flashbacks and a non-linear plot structure, “All Quiet on the Western Front” catalogs Paul’s journey from enlistment to training, the battlefield and, ultimately, his death. That Remarque chose to end his novel with the death of the protagonist is interesting because Baumer’s death in the final pages of the novel punctuates the book’s dominant theme: the futility of war.

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